Provision of health services through medical camps has proved to be very effective especially in situations where these services could not be readily provided to the patients due to difficult circumstances. This method is particularly effective in case of disaster struck areas where travelling and access to basic health facilities becomes impossible. The medical camps, static or mobile, can be placed at a health facility, community room or a tent provided by local community.
The objectives of this model are to:
- Provide easy access to health services.
- Provide basic health services in disaster/ emergencies.
- Provide specialised healthcare services for certain diseases/emergency cases in a community/camp.
Through medical camps health services could be provided for specialised /specific management as well as for general. The specific mangement camps include family planning programs, diabetes, eye treatment and surgeries (cataract) etc. The general issues treated at the camp include antenatal, postnatal, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, skin infections, eye infections and measles etc.
- The camp is established at an agreed site easily accessible by the patients/clients.
- Coordination with local CBOs or any other voluntary group is sought to organize and facilitate camp conduction.
- Appropriate and adequate equipment/medicines are arranged and placed at camp site.
- Healthcare provider/s is/are arranged.
- Community is informed.
- Patients/ clients are treated/ managed.
- Management Information System (MIS) is placed and managed to keep record of client/patient management and follow ups.